Monday, 18 July 2011

A Haul In My Hall


As promised here's the rest of my weekend haul, displayed in our hall due to the vile weather. On Saturday we had a choice of five jumble sales but went to just one. I've been going to jumbles since I was a dragged along as a toddler and I'm pretty savvy when it comes to knowing which areas are best avoided.
Glass chandelier reduced by 50% in Laura Ashley's 2006 online sale.

Certain areas are so deprived that they're just best left well alone. When it's a choice of fifty people scrapping over a grubby Asda tee shirt or a quiet afternoon with the Guardian I'll take the latter.



So to my finds and more of the house tour, here's a cuddly faux fur made in England by Astraka. These doors were originally boarded over and painted in white gloss, the ceramic finger plates and knobs are from eBay.


A handmade early 1960's satin shift dress. My collection of vintage umbrellas and parasols are housed in an Austin Reed leather bin I bought from a charity shop.


Three pretty 1950's era satin headscarves. The mosaic tiles were from a discontinued range in a  Homebase clearance bin.


Gorgeous British-made pure new wool cape made by Craft Centre.


A selection of vintage hats (and one actually fits me!)


Fabulous chiffon maxi dress very much in the Margo Leadbetter style, the gilded mirror was hauled from a skip. The louvre door marks the entrance to our cupboard of doom aka the cloakroom. It's a traumatic experience trying to wrestle a coat from the depths of that room, I can tell you.


The wallpaper was 99p a roll in Focus's clearance sale, the palm plant was a sale buy, too.


The velvet maxi skirt I'm wearing, unworn with a groovy boutique label, was another of my jumble sale finds. I nearly came to blows with a vicious old granny who tried to wrestle it from me telling me I was too skinny and it wouldn't be any good.

I held on firm and asked if she'd ever heard of a belt. Even the offer to swap me the skirt for a pair of Primark trousers failed to tempt me.

Angela at London Town was a new one on me but I unearthed this fabulous clip from 1965:

Vintage cotton velvet maxi worn with a silver lurex 1970's era blouse (Courtesy of the divine Curtese) , velvet bow belt (the beautiful Sarah Misfit) and velvet platforms (£9, Office sale
I was so thrilled by your lovely comments yesterday that I took my fab friend Sabine's advice and used her favourite photo as my new blog header, obviously spending a Saturday night in and off the booze works wonders on how I look on a Sunday.

Don't worry, it was a one-off, Tom's success on The Apprentice called for a celebratory drink.

80 comments:

  1. Oooh the perfect blog post, i got to eye up your fabulous jumble buys and your amazing home complete with bargain buys too!! Love it! The header also looks incredible with your super cute photo :o) Scarlett x

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  2. OOOOOooooooo that blue dress is so so beautiful. And that hall way!
    I have really been enjoying your house posts. xxxx

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  3. oh and i forgot to say, totally agree with knowing which areas to hit for bargains, its the same ropund me for charity shopping but tbh i'd settle for any jumble sale right now, there hasnt been one here for months! Scarlett x

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  4. I love the lurex shirt but that red shift dress is to die for.
    I have serious house envy too!

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  5. "I nearly came to blows with a vicious old granny who tried to wrestle it from me telling me I was too skinny and it wouldn't be any good." -- highlight of my day!

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  6. I love that wallpaper - can't believe it was 99p a roll!
    And I'm pleased that Tom won the Apprentice!
    Julia @ Retro Jules

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  7. The cape and maxi dress are gorgeous!

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  8. I am loving your new blog image - it's just wonderful!

    The chiffon dress is gorgeous and the cape is a fantastic find. You've got such a good eye for things!

    Ali x

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  9. I just love all your finds :) I am still hunting for the perfect vintage light fixture for my house.

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  10. Loving the new banner.....header.. or whatever.. its a lovely photo. I love the hall light LA does do some great lighting that can be mixed with old. I also love your outfit xx

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  11. Viva Tom. He was my favourite. Loving the sexy governess look. Lurex! So scratchy though...

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  12. You made me laugh when you said about the vicious old granny lol hilarious.

    I love that chandelier its stunning and I love faux furs you are so lucky you must have so many of them. Whenever I go to jumbles I never see things like that!!

    The dress does remind me of Margo. The Good Life gosh that brings back memories

    Love your outfit too looks fab xx

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  13. The new header is pure genius. Love the haul in your hall. The Margo dress look - a - like is fabulous as is the maxi skirt. Well done you for not swapping it for the Primark trews - however tempting they were (NOT)!

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  14. Dearest Vix,
    I love the stonking new header, you are a vintage style legend!
    More fabby buys too, both the dresses are lovely. I also bagged a Margo Leadbetter style frock at yesterday's boot sale. It's been piddling down here most of the day too, I got caught out in the rain earlier and came home looking like a drowned rat...I wish I'd had one of your fabulous umbrellas ;)
    I'm not surprised at all that it almost came to blows over that skirt, it's a beauty and I love that funky film clip too.
    Take care luv,
    Jennie
    xXx

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  15. Things I like about this post: your gorgeous wallpaper, the fab cape, the maxi you've paired beautifully with the lurex blouse, do you mean someone actually threw that mirror in the trash (?) madness (!), your fabulous tiled floor, your nail polish,the Laura Ashley shandy, and finally...your new blog header! Love it!

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  16. Loving the new header ... You are totally channeling your inner - Helen! :)
    ♡ from © tanvii.com

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  17. oooh amor, love your sexy banner.
    loving the title: Confessions of second Junkie.
    your grey eyeshadow looks fantastic amor. lurex blouse and skirt is a dream. awesome big hair.
    the hats,chiffon maxi, all is so lovely, cant wait to see you wearing them all.
    good for you,nasty granny.
    I havent came across any mean grannies at our jumbles, naybe I dont go to enough.

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  18. Love the maxi skirt and the shift dress. Long velvet maxis remind me of dreamy gothic winters reading Sherlock Holmes and Edgar Allan Poe. Ahem, Like the new header too.

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  19. I'm so pleased yo used that pic as your new header..it's terrific!
    That's a haul and a half. I adore that red frock and that chiffon number is a delight!
    xxxx

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  20. LOVING the new header, just fantastic! And what finds, what finds! Your hall is so chic and cool, btw xxx

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  21. Loving that beautiful sixties satin shift dress and am also oddly drawn to the Margo Leadbetter number too.

    I was so delighted that Tom won The Apprentice, such a lovely well-mannered chap and a very well deserved win.

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  22. My My what a gorgeous header you have!

    I love the mosaic tiles, that wool cape is a beauty & I absolutely adore the wallpaper you have in the room.

    I lol'ed about the old granny.

    I doubt with a rude woman yesterday in a local thrift. I was looking through the dresses and she saw a dress I picked off the rack and was looking over. She just sat and stared at me (waiting for me to put down the dress) I didn't even want the thing but I waited to put it down *lol* When I did she saw me and swooped in & snatched it like a Hawk on crack!

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  23. I do love the new header, and I love your house, It really does come to show the bargains you can find out in the world if your willing to look x

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  24. Hey Vix, love the new header and the hall wall paper.
    I`m pleased Tom won too!
    Dx

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  25. Love the new header - YAY! Super foxy. I'm also really liking your vintage umbrella collection, I think I need more of those in my life. That dress is totally Margot - all togther now: "This sort of thing simply does not go on in Surbiton!"

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  26. By the way I love your new header you look gorgeous xx

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  27. Absolutely adore your new banner! The tag line is great - I've seen confessions of a makeup junkie before but never a second-hand junkie!

    The sleeves of that blouse are gorgeous and I love that you wrestled with a granny to bag that skirt haha! The stories behind some of your clothing!

    I've been looking at wallpaper for our living room recently and I have to say I've been getting very inspired by colourful damask paper!

    Long live Tom and his nail files! xxx

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  28. The last comment was from me! xxx

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  29. Love the Margo Leadbetter frock - can just see her wearing that for an evening with Sir!

    Yes I saw Echo - they were great. Glad to see the oldies could really hold their own - Adam Ant & OMD were fab too :)

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  30. i just love the velvet skirt.. absolutley stunning!!..

    love your little floor tiles it gives it a really colonial feel, along with your plant and paper.. what a lovely welcome you must feel every time you walk through the front door!!

    yay i was glad tom won to.. he was so sweet!
    charl
    x

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  31. The new header gives me the HORN!!!
    Phwoar!!!!!!
    Love this maxi and fab lurex blouse,just DIVINE,darling!
    Yay for the haul in the hall-which is a splendid space that I'd love to be posing around in!!!
    LOVE YOU!!!
    Helga xxxXXXxxx

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  32. I just looove your new header - it's such a perfect pic. xxx

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  33. dearest vix,

    i love your new header, it is such a lovely photo of you.

    and since your cloak room is so full i'd love to be of service and take that plaid cape off your hands. seriously...how can i buy it?!

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  34. I knew you'd look fantastic in that insane lurex blouse! Thank you for styling and modelling it so beautifully. Love the skirt and the groovy girlies in the clip.

    Brilliant jumble finds, as ever - go Vix! with your granny-wrestling endeavours!!

    Your hall looks great, beautiful wallpaper and chandelier, love the umbrellas - and I agree, the new header looks gorgeous! Where's Robin Asquith when you need him? God, really showing my age now...

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  35. You did it, Vix! and I think it's the perfect header for Vintage Vixen. Can't get over your great finds - what do I love best? The wool cape? The beautiful headscarves? The maxi skirt? Well done holding on to it! xxx

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  36. The skirt looks great, kudos on your granny wrestling skills! I think my fave item in the whole haul is that cape, it's a delight!

    The new heading is fab too.

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  37. Love the new header. Great bargain hunting from a fashion and an interior point of view :)

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  38. hahaha, the new header is just adorable. love it!!! - and it's so fun.

    love your today's outfit as well.

    http://wardrobexperience.blogspot.com

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  39. I love the new header, what a great choice. Its so enjoyable seeing how clever you have been with your house, the 99p wallpaper is an amazing bargain. Love the Margot dress too xx

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  40. Super post. Home & fashion! I like your new blog header. lots. x

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  41. I am loving that new header! Also the home pics are just lovely-the chandelier and wallpaper are incredible as are the gorgeous parasols in that bucket, love them!

    well done for holding firm to your skirt; Granny needs to move quicker next time! You won a beauty tho, you look fabulous!

    much love Amie xxxxxxx

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  42. The new header is a winner! So many great finds in your "hall"--the wool cape and the chiffon maxi. Glad you prevailed in the skirmish over the velvet skirt. It looks great on you.

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  43. Love the new header (and the lurux blouse and fur coat). Glad to hear you're back on the sauce! xx
    We Shop Therefore We Are

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  44. awww i am so pleased to see you used that gorgeous photo as your new blog header its a stunner. So many lovely things again today, i have to say that blue maxi dress got me today its beautiful and so floaty. Love your umbrellas to what a lovely collection. dee xx

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  45. Looking fabulous as always! Im glad to hear you held on tight to that skirt, it looks fab on you and that Granny didn't know her stuff obviously ;o)

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  46. That floaty dress looks like a Varon I once had - is it unlabelled? Glad to hear you stood your ground over that lush skirt. Too bloody right.

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  47. Great bargains and I love your new profile picture but I definitely think you need to do a photo in your 70's 'margot Leadbetter' dress! I loved The Good Life and she was fab! xx

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  48. Oooh you're making me toooooooooo envious! HOW much do I love like ALL of that! THOSE HATS!!!!!!!! (She gasps in utter envy!!!!) And I am a HUGE fan of the Margo Ledbetter look- love every single outfit she wore!!! Do you remember that gorgeous dress that Felicity Kendall wore in 'The last best frock'- I'd also like that!!!
    And the umbrellas- KLAXON ENVY ALERT!

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  49. You look amazing.Love it love it.also love your new photo for your blog.xx

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  52. I LOVE your new blog header! This is an AMAZING HAUL!! You have the best taste in clothes. You are probably the most Stylish woman I know.

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  53. My comment got posted 3 times earlier lol. That is why those comments were removed. My internet is acting slow today.

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  54. Haha, well done on getting that velvet skirt, well worth the fight! Love that blue chiffon maxi as well, so pretty!
    xxxx

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  55. nice to see your wallpaper again! hehe
    the tartan coat is so adorable, I would love that! I also particularly like the painted dress and scarves, but everything is marvellous!
    Also the way you described yourself as going to the jumble sales as a baby makes me think of this little streetwise kid tottering around assessing all the wares haha

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  56. Hey Vix~
    Is a jumble sale like an estate sale? Your story about the granny who wanted your skirt cracked me up! You got some lovely things that lavender dress is gorgeous and the chandelier is my favorite! I am also happy to hear one of those cool summery hats fit ya. What did all the ladies have small heads back then or what :)

    I am hoping for a lil sunshine for you and I both :)

    Your new header is smoking hot because it's you!!!!

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  57. Well Vix, I'm lost for words. Not only do we get to see your gorgeous new banner - but the first pic has you in the world's best pointed collar shirt. It just gets better from there - more home touring (OMG!!!!!) and the wonderful tale of the grabbing granny - THEN a dancing catwalk treat! I love the lurex jacket and bra with the white belted flares in the parade - why don't models dance and laugh on the catwalk now? Thank you so much for making my day my lovely friend. Big hugs to you xoxoxoxo

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  58. Oh hold me back! That header photo is arresting! What a gorgeous and witty shot of you! I have missed you! You are getting so good at what you do! GENIUS!

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  59. Again, I love your house so much. . "and one actually fits me!" cracks me up :)

    Love the new blog header too x

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  60. So many goods to look at!
    However my love is completely taken by the chandelier and the wall paper in your home.
    I really like the picture changes; I feel is more you and it should be all about you!

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  61. LOOOOOOOVE THE NEW HEADER SO MUCH!!!

    That skirt is fabulous - and well worth fighting off the geriatric old biddy! And it is so perfect with that GORGEOUS blouse - I especially love the mega cuffs.

    Your hallway is marvellous - I love all of the different elements individually - and they are perfection all together.

    Loveandparasols, Sarah xxx

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  62. That new header is so gorgeous (probably because it has you in it)! I love that skirt also - as if there was ever a chance of it not looking fabulous on you. Too skinny, pfft.

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  63. really love your new header and your jumble sale finds are stunning as always :)

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  64. Your new header is gorgoeus.I am loving that top you are wearing you look gorious in it.Was the old granny my age or older coz I woulda fought you for that skirt too lol Just kidding xx

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  65. Thats a haul to be proud of Vix>

    Why is the old dears always want to wrestle you for things?! Bless em eh.

    The velvet skirt was worth the fight though.

    X x

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  66. Brilliant post, I love that you've told us about the item plus a bit about what's in the background! Gosh I don't know if I've got the spine for wrestling grannies at jumble sales - I'd probably slope off with my tail between my legs if anyone said anything like that to me!

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  67. My oh my what a perfect new header you have, you look totally stunning!! I do love the fact that you had to wrestle with an old lady for your maxi skirt it was definitely worth the fight!

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  68. That 60s shift is amazing. The velvet skirt looks lovely on you, even better since it was hard won.

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  69. The new header is gorgeous!!
    Some amazing finds Vix, the chiffon maxi dress is such a gorgeous colour, and I do love a fur coat.

    xx

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  70. Skirt looks much like the one you sent me (6 more inches to lose and I'm INTO IT PROPERLY), new header is fab, very 'you'.xx.

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  71. Your new blog header is just fabulous! It really made me smile. The image of you wrestling with the old lady creased me up. I've met one or two old ladies who were really vicious. I've been elbowed and pushed out of the way with handbags more times than I can mention so I'm made up you hung on tight to that skirt. Hope your week is a corker. (It's rainy and windy here, even the cats are curled up and refusing to budge, so I got my knitting out and am knitting up a granny blanket... In July for crying out loud!) Big hugs Sweetie, Em xx

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  72. Love the new blog header and the red dress they are both gorgeous xx

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  73. oooh love that red flowery shift dress...now if we just had some sunshine to go with....xx

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  74. I think I commented on another post. opps! But, I love these finds. The first look is my favourite dear! -xxoo

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  75. The cape looks like it would be so unbelievably warm.

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  76. Great buys, love your new header.

    Sadie xx

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  77. You do so well on the faux fur front. I have several, all of which I love, but my favourite vintage one (£4 on eBay) is really ratty looking now so I'm on the lookout for a replacement for this winter!

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  78. Vix your new blog header is incredible!
    I want a greeting card of it ;)

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  79. Your new header looks fabulous just like you. Looks so professional. X

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